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The Librarian by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    The Librarian by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    The Librarian by Giuseppe Arcimboldo was created in 1566. The painting is in Skoklosters Slott, Stockholm. The size of the work is 97 x 71 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    he work has been interpreted as both a celebration and a satirical mocking of librarians and scholarship. K. C. Elhard suggests an opposing view that it may be specifically a parody of “materialistic book collectors more interested in acquiring books than in reading them.”

    The Artist: Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague. He specialized in grotesque symbolical compositions of fruits, animals, landscapes, or various inanimate objects arranged into human forms. At a distance, his portraits looked like normal human portraits. However, individual objects in each portrait were actually overlapped together to make various anatomical shapes of a human. They were carefully constructed by his imagination… Read more

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